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have passed only 26 bills for president obama to sign into law. >> talk about a mad dash, members of congress leaving the capital, grabbing their bags and heading home for five week vacation. gone and time to pass big pieces for the country. >> you work until you get it all done. >> vacationing in the nation's capital. some can't believe it. >> average workingman is two weeks of vacation. >> look at the calendar. once they return, the house will have just nine working days before the end of the budget year. senate just a few more. >> my goodness. list of important things that can be done in the congress is as long as my arm. >> the senate met only for 96 working days. they were out of session for 53 disdays. house worked 102 days. worry, we are headed to another fiscal cliff. we tried to talk to several members but none wanted to stop to talk about the paid five weeks totaling nine million dollars in salary. >> the entire time? >> on the house side, democrats complain the republicans aren't getting anything done but they are still headed home. as for the speaker. >> it's after vac
and a look ahead features more summerlike conditions. >>> president obama is calling on congress to turn the page on what he calls the bubble investment mentality that led to the collapse of the housing market. he announced steps he plans to take to strengthen the housing market. president says it's time to build on progress being made by creating a better bargain for responsible middle-class homeowners. >> congress should give every american to refinance at today's low rates. we should help more qualified families get a mortgage and buy their first home. get construction workers back on the job, rebuilding communities hit hardest by the crisis. and we should make sure that folks that don't want to buy a home have a decent affordable place to rent. >> president obama is proposing to phase out mortgage giant fannie mae and freddie mac so private capital can play a larger role. they must preserve access for 30-year fixed rate mortgages. >>> if you want to hit the music this weekend, san jose has a summer fest. they brought the stages more closer together. music isn't just jazz, tunes from
news reporter ama daets as the latest. >> reporter: president obama is weighing the options to the chemical weapons attack carried out last week. the president is speak with his national security team while assuring americans it would not pull the u.s. into a long-term conflict. >> we are looking at the possibility of a limited, narrow act. we're not considering any open-ended commitment. >> military experts say the u.s. is eyeing a response of air strikes in syria's capitol. >> they know who that unit is. they know where they can be located. they will punish them with military strikes. they'll probably level a ministry of defense building. >> but it may be a tough sale to the u.s. public. 50% of americans oppose taking military action in syria. the u.s. would be acting without the help of one of the strongest allies. the president indicates france is him. this congressman says he's seen conclusive evidence of a chemical attack by the syrian government. >> we don't want to rush to judgment. whatever targets are being considered, if they were to strike syria, that we do not h
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